ERIC Number: ED410759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Unified Language Testing Plan: Speaking Proficiency Test. Spanish and English Pilot Validation Studies. Report Number 1.
Thornton, Julie A.
This report describes one segment of the Federal Language Testing Board's Unified Language Testing Plan (ULTP), the validation of speaking proficiency tests in Spanish and English. The ULTP is a project to increase standardization of foreign language proficiency measurement and promote sharing of resources among testing programs in the federal government. Over 200 individuals were tested in the two pilot studies. Analysis of results indicates higher reliability of the ratings than those of a prior interagency study, and increased reliability of the Spanish test than found in an earlier pilot study. Recommendations are made for pilot implementation, further development of tests in other languages, maintenance of interagency collaboration, coordination and quality control during pilot and full implementation, and adjustment in tester training workshop format. Appended materials include the examinee instructions, pre- and post-test questionnaires, rating frequency charts, a summary of Spanish results, a summary of English results, and cross-tabulation charts for both studies. (MSE)
Descriptors: English, Federal Programs, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Oral Language, Program Descriptions, Spanish, Speech Skills, Standardized Tests, Standards, Test Validity, Testing, Verbal Tests
The Foreign Language Testing Board (FLTB) is an interagency group including representatives from the CIA, DIA, DLI, FBI, Department of State, and NSA.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Advancement of Language Learning, Arlington, VA.